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of the audience but this is boring and upsetting. we know the outcome. president obama set up republicans. going over the cliff is like a water slide. defense cut and high taxes. all that misses is the free transgender surgery. you the utopian liberal dream. >> kimberly: you know it. >> greg: biggest thing for me is how obama is obsessed with the 2% he is on class warfare disability. he no longer sees the big picture, which is the economy. can economy is going to hell. he is ahab and the whale is the wealthy. priorities of a stalker. out to eradicate the successful. to me, that is the real achievement of the administration is the eradication of achievement. eliminate successful from the lexicon and replace it with rich rather than call you successful, we call you rich and that makes it easier to take your wallet. >> bob: make a point. keep in mind that the treasury dropped a little bomb on everybody this week saying that the debt ceiling was up on december 31. >> andrea: glad you brought that up. >> bob: i think what will happen here now, i say a deal is done. i have been around long enough to k
obama and the democrats for the fact that republicans, his own republicans, abandoned john boehner, took away his power to negotiate with president obama and pretty much went home and they are still at home. it's unbelievable. three quarters of the american people think compromise. and compromise includes spending cuts and tax hikes. >> can i get a word in, guys? >> brent, the republicans passed a bill. the republicans pass it had. senate democrats haven't passed a bill in 1300 days. you have to be kidding me. >> it's much easier for the democrats to sit and file their nails and say those awful republicans. look at those awful republicans go. the democrats haven't done anything. now what is the opposition to this super tax on the greedy rich? well, the republicans have argued for 20, 30, 40, 50 years that high taxes stifle economic growth. president obama said two years ago when he didn't do this two years ago, he said the wrong thing to do in a bad economy is to raise taxes. now suddenly both sides are considering doing exactly that. you've got three different studies of that shown that
is reached. obama and the rest of republicans remain of the impasse over the republican refusal to allow tax hikes even for the wealthiest americans. senate majority leader on thursday accused house speaker john boehner of holding up a deal. >> the american people i don't think understand the house representative is operating without the house of representatives. it is being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker, not allowing the vast majority of the house representatives to get what they want. >> adding to the urgency surrounding the talks, treasury secretary timothy geithner warned this week the u.s. will not be able to pay its creditors after monday unless the debt ceiling is raised. we will have more on the fiscal cliff talks, speaking with congressmember dennis kucinich after the headlines. environmental protection agency head lisa jackson has announced a resignation ahead of president obama's second term. jackson departs after a four- year tenure that saw advances in the regulation of environmentally harpo practices such as mountaintop removal and the emissions of harmful chemica
. republicans blame president obama for the collapse of a bigger deal that would have cut spending and reduced the country's debt. >> it is the president's responsibility to lay out a plan and to bring people together but it's a total dereliction of duty and a lack of courage to deal with the issues. >> it rests in the hands of the senate. >>> president obama is scheduled to give an update on the fiscal cliff within the next 15 minutes. when that happens, we will join him live for that announcement. >> for more on the fiscal cliff and what it could moon for your pay, we got you covered. just head to our home page for a breakdown of different scenarios in washington, what it could moan for your money. for more on the fiscal cliff and a heated debate, check out an all brand-new episode of square off. the round table discussion airs right here on abc2 at 11 on sunday morning. >>> continuing coverage in the planned port strike. dock workers have been working on an expired contract. today the u.s. marry time alines and the long shoring association have agreed to a 30 day extension allowing for more
november 16. sign for republicans that mr. obama has not really been pushing that hard for a deal. >> we need presidential leadership on in the just taxing rich people. >> three words the president did not use. he did not use the word sequester and he didn't say "debt ceiling" either. he focused most of his remarx on preventing taxes from going up. there are also massive spending cuts coming. no idea how they will avert that. he also did not mention the debt ceiling. earlier they wanted lifting the debt ceiling included. now it's clear it's not in the short-term package that guarantees if they get a short-term deal here, we have major budget battles coming. >> the key to any good negotiation each side has to give up something. near and dear to their heart. what is it, as succinctly as you imagine, both sides have given up? >> both sides say the president started on threshold of tax cut of $250,000. negotiations with boehner he moved to $400,000. not if you have for boehner. he wanted it to be $1 million or more. that is something that can beer worked on. spending cuts the republicans wan
and republicans who want to governor around something like what president obama put on the table. but that is not allowed to come to a vote, and the republicans are still scared of their right wing even though this election showed them that they can't keep moving to the right and expect to win. >> e.j., you're always balanced and you're never false. thank you for being here. >> bless you. good to be with you. >>> not only can i explain this whole year using lines and grids, i cannot wait to do it. a 2012 graphic geek-out deluxe paul krugman approved, coming up. [ male announcer ] red lobster is surprising real people with our new 15 under $15 menu. oh my goodness... oh my gosh, this looks amazing... [ male announcer ] 15 entrees under $15. it's our new maine stays! like chicken with wine sauce or bacon wrapped shrimp. try 15 under $15 and sea food differently. a crash management system and the world's only tridion safety cell which can withstand over three and a half tons. small in size. big on safety. with less chronic osteoarthritis pain. imagine living your life with less chro
his own course called plan b. plan b was supposed to show president obama that republicans had their own solution and instead of bothering with his offer they would just go ahead and pass their own plan without him. that was the idea, anyway. >> there is breaking news to report tonight out of washington. strange breaking news out of washington. within the last hour republican house speaker john boehner appears to have completely lost control of his own caucus. just about an hour ago john boehner was forced to pull his own plan off the floor because it turns out he did not have the votes from his own side to pass it. he didn't have enough republican votes to pass the republican plan. >> senator schatz, this is now your life. i know that speaker boehner is in the other chamber, but this is what you need to know right now about boehner and his colleagues. john boehner is somebody who just a week ago was essentially humiliated by his own caucus. when he stood before them on that night, on the night plan b went down, and begged them to please follow him. and then to go before them w
, careful, lady, you could be next. isn't there a sense in the republican party that obama won a comfortable re-election? >> yeah but -- >> yeah but. >> that was boehner's mistake. >> he thought that was reality. >> he thought that was reality, and he learned the other night that it wasn't. >> republicans don't see it in that world. what covers the sky in their world? >> it's not blue. >> fiscal red. >> it's not blue, that's for sure. when he realized he couldn't round up the votes, he had to recognize that they did not respond to the election the way that other rational factions have responded to elections over the past decades or centuries even. >> what do we make, glen, of this captain queeg we have, scared of his own crew, scared of weather conditions, worried about what's going on and still has to be captain? >> i mean, the simple reality is he's the speaker of the house, but each one of those people runs in their individual district, and these tea party members in particular, the group that cantor has the most control over or represents the most, they answer to an electorate that feels
when president obama calls mitch mcconnell, bring the republican leader in the process. what happens now is very important. as sam said, they'll be negotiating today and over the weekend in the senate. and if this $250,000 comes to the floor, if a few republicans attach themselves to what reid and obama agree to, then that means when it pose gophers to the house it has a much better chance of attracting republican support. if mitch mcconnell aligns republicans and tells everyone to oppose it in the senate republican conference, the chances of it succeeding in the house are pretty low. >> sam, is this the end of the road for grover norquist and his pledge? >> it's odd because grover was the one sort of outside government institution on the conservative side who agreed with speaker boehner's plan "b" which would have allowed taxes to go up above $1 million in income. all the other conservative groups say no. i think grover's pledge, i don't know where it goes from here. obviously is doesn't have as much teeth as is it did because there are people who are willing to buck it. >> i think
probably blaming republicans for it, what is the rush for obama right now to do a deal? >> reporter: that is the suspicion that's shared by a lot of republicans taking it, steve, as almost an article of faith of three weeks, a month, that the president actually wants to go over the cliff and i'm not sure if that's true. i have no way of knowing if that's true. i kind of doubt it. if you look at it, the republicans lose a lot of leverage. they have painted themselves in to this corner. there's no denying that fact. john boehner obviously we know what happened last week. sifting through the wreckage of the plan "b." gone back to plan "a," a bill passed by the congress and extending tax cuts for everyone and sent to the senate. they don't expect the senate to take that. use that as a legislative vehicle and what's today? saturday. new year's eve is -- sorry. today's friday. too much holiday cheer. but come on. i mean -- >> he will be working the weekend. >> reporter: i am. oh my god. i don't want to get started on that. but anyway, you know, there's a lot at stake here. and, you know,
of 2-1 they hold the republicans more at fault than obama and his fellow democrats. >> earlier, i spoke to richard at campaign's for america's future that's a progressive political organization. he says it's unlikely that the u.s. will meet the deadline. >> it looks extremely unlikely at this point. they're not returning to the lower house until the day before the deadline. so chances are there won't be a deal before january 1st. but then most of the provisions of this so-calleded fiscal cliff won't have an immediate impact. several will but most will be delayed. so thile still have a chance to work in january. >> how is it going to be delayed? because delay has been something that president obama and the democrats have rejected. >> the tax laws won't have an impact on people until they start paying their taxes in earnest. the effect of that will be very mild, very slight. and some of the spending cuts, the -- the executive branch has 30 days to present its plan for putting these cuts into effect so they may not even take effect. so a number of the -- most economists agree that the impa
. >> and running the sydney yacht race for a sixth time. >> within the next hour, president barack obama is set to meet with top republicans to discuss the nation's looming fiscal clit. white house aides have indicated that obama will discuss measures for avoiding the rest of the automatic spending cuts and tax hikes that will bite if lawmakers fail to come up with a plan. >> pessimism remains the prevailing mood in washington as the january deadline rapidly approaches. neither democrats nor republicans have any new proposals for a workable compromise. >> the starbucks coffee chain has urged its workers in washington, d.c., area to write "come together" on the cups, a plea for party leaders to work out a compromise, but some customers say that is not enough. >> i mean, i like with starbucks is riding on the cups. i wish they would write, like, something else, like "republicans, stop being stupid." >> i think the solution will probably be neutered and not very effective, but ultimately, i think they will avoid the fiscal cliff. >> but neither side appears willing to give in. democrats, for examp
, president obama is about to give a final push. negotiating with congressional leaders from both political parties. from the democrat-controlled senate, top democrat harry reid, and the top republican mitch mcconnell. senator reid says there is no time to reach a deal. mr. mcconnell says he is more optimistic. then from the republican controlled house of representatives, the top republican john boehner has rejected president obama's previous offers and the morse -- most senior democrat in the house, nancy pelosi. what is the cliff and can be avoided? >> the house of representatives will be going back into session sunday but at this point we do not know what kind of measure they have before them that they can consider for a vote. there has been no indication from the white house or the republican leadership that they are anywhere near any kind of makings of a deal that they could present to the house republican leadership -- or the house republican rank-and-file who so far have been adamantly opposed to tax increases at any level of income, which is an absolute prerequisite for president ob
to implement obama care. we have seen republican governors dragging their feet on that. isn't there a danger some of these gains can be lost. in addition to some of the things the president has on the table, we also have some other things that still need some work? >> right. and health care and on gay rights in particular, marriage equality, those are things that are almost out of the president's hands, especially when it comes to what the supreme court is going to do. republican governors are dragging their feet on implementing obama care. i'm not sure what the president can do to cajole them into complying since the supreme court ruled that he couldn't coerce them by threatening their medicare funding, medicaid funding. again, when it comes to gay rights and what the court is going to do, you know, i think the administration along with everything else has to wait and see what the court rules in june in terms of what -- whether there's a constitutional right to marry or how they rule in terms of the prop 8 case in california or the doma case in new york and the implications that will have f
republicans could no longer weather the incredibly bad optics of sitting at home while the president of the united states and the senate were in washington. president obama arrived back at the white house this morning. the president will host a meeting tomorrow afternoon with senate majority leader reid, senate minority leader mcconnell, speaker boehner, and leader pelosi at the white house. senate majority leader harry reid took to the senate floor this morning to, shall we say, let boehner have it. >> if we go over the cliff, and it looks like that's where we're headed, mr. president, the house of representatives as we speak, with four days left after today before the first of the year aren't here with the speaker having told them they'll have -- they'll give them 48 hours' notice. the american people i don't think understand the house of representatives is operating without the house of representatives. it's being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker, not allowing the vast majority of the house of representatives to get what they want. >> lo and behold, the markets started
, both the democratic and republican congressional leaders left the white house without saying a word. later, president obama weighed in. >> the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. not right now. the economy is growing, but sustaining that trend is going to require elected officials to do their jobs. >> reporter: and back at the capitol, senate majority leader, harry reid, described the meeting as constructive. >> we're out of time. we've got to do it now. that's why the next 24 hours will be very important. >> reporter: a source familiar with the talks told nbc news the president reiterated the proposal he presented before leaving on vacation last week. calling for, among other things, a tax cut extension for those making $250,000 or less. and extending unemployment benefits that are set to expire. the source says the president is confident his plan can pass in both the house and senate if republicans allow a vote. earlier in the day, republicans blamed president obama for the stalemate. >> i agree that it is the p
in the laps of republicans 16% say president obama's fault and 6% say it's the responsibility of congressional democrats. the largest number this is important 31% of respondents say the whole thing is both parties fault and the president's. also megan this morning we have posted a number of stories at our website abc2news.com. go to there for more on debate and see the numbers as to how it could affect you. >> news time 5:36. >>> while lawmakers continue to talk about the fiscal cliff one man has decided to take action and that's because he is fed up with the country's debt. now, while it's not going to solve all the economic problemswe have, he says it's about making a point. we see what this man is doing. >> reporter: in his unheated garage, 85-year-old man is working to fix the fiscal cliff one can at a time. how much money have you sent the government? >> a little bit over 3,000 dollars. >> reporter: 3,197.88 to be exact. all tracked on a handwritten ledger. the last three years, garcia has been paying the government 50 dollars a month of the postal service pension and money from cans he c
question. president obama gets his own deal, sends it over to the republicans, they have the same dilemma. >> well, they may. but i think you would at least see a fair dee beat. look, i think the average american realizes we have to cut spending. you know the numbers. >> craig, i have to ask you -- i have to stop you. i don't think they do. we ran a package yesterday, we sent the producer out on the street, showed people how much more they would pay in taxes after we go offer the fiscal cliff and they were like wow, i had no idea. where were you november 6 when you a chance to vote against doing that? i don't think the average american understands. >> they were listening to pimp with a limp and david letterman, a nice guy who knows nothing about economics. social security, defense, medicare, medicaid, the health programs and the cost of interest on our debt are the five -- four main drivers of our debt. five main drivers of our debt. that's not going to change. 50% of our budget. a little bit more when you leave defense in there. we have to cut spending. why won't the president say look,
. >> he is the worth republican in the country to put up against barack obama. >> romney's campaign saw their roles up and downs and confident and in demand. romney knew he gained with a president's shaky performance. >> it sets the tone and can have the most impact. this is a theory. >> he ultimately won reelection. >> the best is yet to come. >> 2012 also marked a milestone implementation of president owe bhaum's healthcare law. >> in a 5-4 division the individual dmant is indeed constitutional. >>> supreme court put the law against partisanship. >> the decision was a result of lawsuits brought by 26 paid attorneys general against the federal government who claimed mandated participation was man dags of the freedom. >> republicans won't let up whatsoever in the determination to repeal this terrible law. >> they challenge the law meaning obama care will be a hot button issue in 2013. as 2012 winds down it resembles 2011 with republicans locked in another show down over taxes and spending with the average family caught in the middle. in washington craig boswell fox news. >>> 18 minutes
is not the president. obama is the president, he is not putting forth proposals to work with republicans. he will have to take ownership of this. they need to come up with a cohesive message about real economic growth and shrinking the size of government. they don't have a message and that is going to be the big question about who wins and long-run. jon: if we go over the cliff, i mean, everyone's paycheck, just about -- come january 1, it will be shrunk because government is going to be taking a much bigger chunk out of it. that will infuriate people. are they going to be blaming president obama? >> well, they won't be blaming president obama because polls show that they are blaming republicans. republicans are not really coming to the table. we had an election, and we had an election where voters clearly supported the president. jon: he got 50.96% of the population. >> he got over 300 electoral votes. romney only have one battleground state. tons of senate victories, again in the house, there were gains. voters agree with the handling of the economy presently and the proposals that the president has
-to-the-minute developments. rich, what do you know? >> republicans anticipating or expecting president obama and democrats to offer a fiscal cliff deal, perhaps a scaled back proposal, but, still, no indication that's going to happen this afternoon. the senate is in session. the house returns sunday. they will take a vote sunday night on another piece of legislation. the senate has been working on other legislation, not related to the fiscal cliff, and that has some folks in washington speculating this afternoon's meeting in the white house is nothing but show. the one senior democrat says it is a serious effort. >> well, this is not for show, but a last ditch effort by the president to bring the congressional leaders together to try to get at least a small package, small deal together before the new year to avoid some of the tax parts of the fiscal cliff and the deal with some of the unemployment issues. >> now, that deal, the small deal that the congressman is talking about, speculation perhaps that includes a tax rate tax increase for families earning $500,000 a year, mid way point almost between what
making over $250,000, the obama proposal, or $400,000, a level senate republican leader mitch mcconnell reportedly said he might be able to sell, but republicans wants the debate shifted. >> all the talk is about taxes. what the talk should be about is what we want to talk about today, and that's the medicare fiscal cliff. >> reporter: no way to cut a deal by tuesday to reform entitlements. some say that's good. >> the big problem is if we do something right now that has longlasting adverse effects on economic growth, that will cost us for a very long time. >> reporter: but for a short time americans say fix the tax problems. >> it's a frustrating feeling to see the two sides apart. >> frankly where he shouldn't be taxed more because they can't work together. >> end the taxes for the middle class and figure out the rest of it come january, worst case. >> reporter: worst case, say many, is no deal on anything. but some tea party republicans are said to be ready to let everyone's taxes go up on tuesday, so they can quickly help figure the like on middle-class taxes and later claim
of the republican controlled house. danielle nottingham has more. >> reporter: president obama is meeting today at the white house with top congressional democrats harry reid and nancy pelosi and leading republicans mitch mcconnell and john boehner. it's the president's first meeting with congressional leaders since november 16th. the closed door discussions are an attempt to reach a last- minute agreement to avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases due to kick in on january 1st. >> probably the worst case scenario will come out of this maybe today and -- meeting today and that is we will kick the can down the road. >> reporter: senator bob corker told "cbs this morning" he predicts the meeting will bring only a temporary solution. >> this afternoon's meeting feels much to me like optics to make it look like we're doing something but let me just say one more time. this is a total dereliction of duty at every level. >> reporter: going over the cliff would affect 88% of u.s. taxpayers whose taxes would go up on average $3,500 a year. many americans are frustrated the showdown has gone down
. and all the polls show that the republicans are going to be blamed for all of this. so obama -- as the one guy in this town that wants a deal more than anyone. on the other hand, he's probably the guy that purely political benefits the most after january 3rd satisfy in a stronger negotiating position. he'll also have, remember, a few more democrats in the house and in the senate. so the white house will be strengthened after this happens. but a lot of people in the white house and treasury department don't want that to happen because they think the markets may freak out. already the markets are reacting to the news within the last hour. yesterday the markets dipped a little bit on reid's comments in the senate. so they are worried about the economy. i think purely politically, obama will be strengthened once we go over. >> ryan lizza, thank very much. it's going to be an interesting couple of days. >> yeah, it sure is. >> thanks, ryan. >>> weapons of war on the streets of los angeles. details of a shocking find in a gun buyback program. [ sniffs ] i have a cold. [ sniffs ] i took dayquil b
obama. on the democratic side, they're winning the public relations war on this. republicans, if you look at the polls are in the 20s right now, president obama is sitting in the mid 50s on the fiscal cliff. they don't want to give up things. they don't want to give up cuts to medicare or social security in order to get a deal that may not be best for them. if you look at game theory, you know, economic and political game theory, if all the players understand the strategies of the other players and act rationally, sometimes they won't move off the strategy that they are on. >> should americans have optimist about this 3:00 meeting this afternoon at the white house or basically it's humpty-dumpty, we're going off the wall, we're going to break, but we can be put back together. >> it doesn't mean they won't get an agreement on the phone, but i don't remember any high-plo file white house meeting producing anything other than leaked stories about how one leader told the other leader how tough he is and how weak the other guy is. these are, generally speaking made for optics, so we talk
with president obama at the white house. among the leaders, republican house speaker john boehner and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. harry reid and nancy pelosi were there. steve chenevey live on capitol hill right now. >> that meeting at the white house lasted just a little more than an hour. they started at 3:10 and were done by 4:15. no major decisions were made. president, reportedly telling congressional leadership, if you do not have a better plan than i do by now, we need to get to voting on my plan. the clock is still ticking in advance of monday night's deadline. frustration being felt not just inside the capitol, but i constituents outside as well. >> i am a little worried about the future as well, for my kids mostly. >> it is a popular thought outside the capital. >> there is an understandable frustration. >> chris van hull and is hopeful a deal can be reached by tuesday, although it will likely be a smaller deal that addresses only the major parts of the fiscal cliff from taking effect. >> we have got to get on a larger agreement, to make sure we sustained a very fragile
obama weighed down by a jobless rate higher than any incumbent seeking re-election since fdr win 323 electoral votes, sweep 8 of 9 battleground seats? as the republican party picks up the pieces and looks ahead to 2016, here are lessons hopefuls from both parties might want to keep mind. if you don't define yourself, your opponent will do it for you. romney let the president's early attacks on his personal wealth and business background go largely unanswered. romney's campaign argued after a long and expensive primary, they had to choose how to spend at the time, limited funds, and they had to claim it was better than defenses of his personal record. in the end, obama beat romney by ten points. on the economic values question that was this, which candidate is more in touch with people like you. 53% said romney's polauolicies d favor the rich. just 10% said that about the president's policies. and romney, the first republican nominee in the history of our poll to go into a convention with his personal rating under water and campaign with a painful number, just 47% of voters viewing hi
could say that's a policy win for republicans, but if those tax cuts ended up getting branded as obama's tax cuts that he passed after we went over the fiscal cliff, it then loses whatever upside there was for republicans, except, and we have to mention this, for republicans vulnerable to primary challenges, there's obviously a lot of anxiety about being, you know, the first republican in 20 years to vote for a tax increase. i think that's the big fear, that it's been so long. republicans haven't cast this kind of vote. you don't want to be the first one to do it. >> yeah, and charles, we're told the democrats may be waiting until the very last minute. maybe they're banking on pressure and the gop caving. what should americans make of that? with so much at stake here? >> i don't think it is. i think there's gamesmanship on both sides, that's obviously true, but i think democrats understand they get a better deal out of this if they actually go over the cliff. what the president was offering, his last round of offers, was in fact something that a lot of democrats and liberals did not ta
. no progress during the campaign. then more recently, house speaker john boehner and president obama each made important concessions. the president on entitlement spending. speaker boehner on upper income tax rates. speaker boehner, though, could not get conservative republicans to go along and seemed at a loss for what to do next. >> we can't cut our way to prosperity. we need real economic growth. many of us believe on both sides of the aisle on the fundamental reform of our tax code will help us get our economy moving faster and put more americans back to work. and more americans on the tax rolls. how we get there, god only knows. >> president obama, meantime, seemed to lose patience. no sign he's eager to go off the cliff, but he's also not ready, either, to concede more to get, in his words, what he'll get for free when the bush tax cuts expire tuesday morning. democratic lawmakers, though, are more willing to let that and everything else happen and both sides are still pointing fingers. take a look at senate minority leader mitch mcconnell and majority leader harry reid just this afterno
and become the obama tax cuts, right? i think that's what conservatives and republicans should be most worried about from a long-term political perspective right now. i mean, in a sense, they have sort of -- they have won a particular policy battle in the sense that most of the bush tax cuts, both parties believe should be extended. right? we're talking about 97%, 98% of the bush tax cuts. you could say that's a policy win for republicans, but if those tax cuts ended up getting branded as obama's tax cuts that he passed after we went over the fiscal cliff, it then loses whatever upside there was for republicans, except, and we have to mention this, for republicans vulnerable to primary challenges, there's obviously a lot of anxiety about being, you know, the first republican in 20 years to vote for a tax increase. i think that's the big fear, that it's been so long. republicans haven't cast this kind of vote. you don't want to be the first one to do it. >> yeah, and charles, we're told the democrats may be waiting until the very last minute. maybe they're banking on pressure and the go
forget president obama getting a great big bear hug from a one-time republican pizza shop owner in florida. look at that. he says it's the best of the year. it shows how republicans can reach across the aisle. and shelly says i met the owner of the pizza shop. great guy. great pizza. we want to hear what you think, too. please head over to facebook and search "politics nation" and like us to join the conversation that keeps going long after the show ends. >>> just a short time ago, the president slammed congress for consistently taking us to the brink. >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously, their patience is already thinned. this is deja vu all over again. america wonders why it is that in this town, for some reason, you can't get stuff done in organized timetable. why everything always has to wait until the last minute. we're at the last minute. the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound. nobody understands how it is that this seems to be a repeat pattern over and over again. >> ordinary folks, they do
. in other news, u.s. president barack obama has broken off his christmas vacation to resume talks on the so-called fiscal cliff, taxes and spending cuts unless democrats and republicans reach a deal by new year's eve. >> nearly all the major players in those negotiations are starting to agree on one thing, and that is that a deal is virtually impossible by that deadline. senior officials say there is little hope of a grand bargain to shave trillions of dollars off of america's mountain of debt. >> applause for the bell at the start of the trading day is a daily ritual at the new york stock exchange, despite the enthusiasm, traders are keeping an anxious eye on share prices. the fiscal cliff is on everyone's mind. u.s. treasury secretary timothy geithner has warned that his department will need to take extraordinary measures to postpone the upcoming government defaults. he plans adjustments to the national budget that would give the u.s. two months of grace. president barack obama has said he is still hopeful that a resolution can be reached this year. he cut short his vacation in hawaii to
. and so they are asking what it will take to at least get some republican support. they say time is so critical. they cannot just roll out new legislation only to have the republicans reject it. we know president obama called the top four congressional leaders last night on his way back from hawaii. tomorrow afternoon at the white house will be a meeting between the president and those top four congressional leaders and earlier the top senate democrat expressed concern or frustration saying you cannot legislate with yourself. >> the republicans in the house have left town. the negotiations between the president and the speaker have fallen apart as they have for the last three and a half years. we have tried mightily to get something done. >> now, perhaps in an effort to address that we know late today senator reid who you heard from there went to meet with his counter part senator mcconnell the top republican in the senate, perhaps talking about what it will take to bring some republicans along on a potential deal. harris? >> harris: a lot of energy spent on all this going back and for
republican ought to be here. >> president obama returned to d.c. thursday after his hawaiian vacation, met with aids, and called congressional leaders to the white house. cbs quotes sources saying, reid is ready to introduce a plan that would extend the bush era tax cuts for taxpayers making less than $250,000 a year, but not until republicans agree not to block it. >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check or anything senate democrats put forward, just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> and this endless deadlock, this complete failure to compromise on seemingly anything and to govern -- >> the american people have spoken, and they've basically voted for the status quo. the president got re-elect, the senate is still in democratic hands and the house is still in republican hands. the american people have spoken. >> if there is no deal income tax cuts and payroll tax cuts are scheduled to expire at the end of the year. 2 million jobless americans lose their unemployment benefits. the president and congress impressional leaders from both parties are scheduled to
. no american wants their taxes to be increased and taxes are really the sticking point here. republicans fundamentally don't want to raise taxes on anyone but president obama is hoping that the bush tax cuts will beextended except for those making $250,000 or more and republicans say no way. clearly both sides are not coming together on anything any time soon. >> all right and the beat goes on. sandra endo in dc thanks so much for the time. >>> news time is #:32. -- 6:32. the debate over whether teachers should be able to bring guns to school got more heated. 200 teachers from utah packed the conference room and learned how to carry a concealed weapon on the job. and how to protect their schools from an armed intruder. >> the safety is the biggest part. and to be able to use them appropriately is really high priority for me. >> utah is one of the few states where public schools allow guns on campus advocates argue that just having guns at the school might be enough to keep the criminals away and some teachers in utah want more gun training. organizers are planning another class for the n
. another top senate republican said a short time ago that he was calling on president obama to lead. >> the president is not a senator anymore. he's a president. just as president reagan worked to deal with tip o'neill and bill clinton and president eisenhower, we need leadership on not just taxing rich people, but we contact them and it wouldn't help the medicare fiscal cliff. greg: others are skeptical, noting that high-profile meetings are for show often times and all about tactics. we expect the president will try a stopgap measure extending middle-class tax rates, extending unemployment benefits for some 2 million americans, do some small spending cuts now, but not entitlement reform. an ally of the white house and the house of representatives offered this. >> this is not for show. it is a last-ditch effort by the president to bring the congressional leaders together to try and get at least a small package. a small deal together before the new year. in order to avoid some of the tax hikes of the fiscal cliff and to deal with some of the unemployment. greg: senator rob portman,
price to pay for it. >> keep it here today. at the white house president obama will meet with with democratic and republican leaders of congress. that's at 3:00 p.m. eastern time. it's their first face-to face fiscal discussions since before thanksgiving. hopes are not high for a deal, but either way, you'll hear the news first here on cnn. >>> there's no doubt about it. eva longoria is one of hollywood's leading ladies, a big star with a big heart for charitable giving, focusing on one very close to her heart. >> i'm being pulled in a million different directions with supporting aids in africa or sex trafficking in thailand or dolphins in japan. and you can't do everything. so in thinking what do i really want to do? >> reporter: to answer that question, you could say eva longoria looked in the mirror. >> i knew i wanted it to be with women and in the latina community. >> reporter: known for playing the vixen on "desperate housewives" longoria had humble beginnings born to mexican-american parents. >> i wasn't the first to go to college. >> it wasn't a walk in the park.
, but ultimately john boehner has said he wants the majority of republican members of the house to vote for whatever deal happens. that's a key factor. they have to agree to something that president obama also agrees to. that's a big gap. basically he's -- i don't know that there's 120 house republican votes for that yet. plan b was voted on, a -- house republicans wouldn't approve of that, either. the how is like a big block here on any kind of permanent deal. >>> i want to bring in debbie wasserman schultz, florida democrat and head of the dnc. congresswoman, when you look at what's happening today, you know, this meeting that's going to be happening at 3:00 p.m., what's going to be talked about there, what do you think? >> look, as long as the leaders are talking, there is still time for us to hammer out a deand prevent us from going over the fiscal cliff. what will be talked about today is what do the outlines and parameters of a possible deal look like that can be agreed to by a majority of democrats and republicans. really i think the key thing here is, will john boehner, instead
have until next week to come up with a deal. this afternoon president obama will hold a meeting at the white house. >> he invited democratic and republican leaders for the talks. we get the latest from sherri ly live at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. they are back at it again today. these are the first face to face talks between the president and republican leaders, and today the president will be meeting with congressional leaders here at the white house from both parties. they are trying to figure out a way to get around this fiscal cliff, and at this point it's not about coming up with a grand bargain. they're just trying to get something done and fast. president obama back in washington, but can he lead both parties to a compromise fiscal cliff work-around? republicans say democrats have been dragging their feet for months and they won't be pressured into what they considered a bad deal that doesn't help balance the nation's books. >> the president calls congressional leaders to the white house, it's political theater or they have a deal. my bet is
new rasmussen poll, 44% think that republicans are more to blame for not going far enough on tax increases. 36% say that obama is more to blame for not agreeing to more spending cuts and 15% blame both sides. joining us now from new york, julie riganski, a democratic strategist and here in washington, steven moore, a member of the "wall street journal" editorial board. sesteven, let's start with you. great to hear harry reid on this. the last time i checked the do so called proposal that a he put forth in july didn't really receive any support and only dealt with tax increases. it wasn't a comprehensive deal and didn't involve real spending cuts it was just raise tax and it went no where. for him to blame republicans, come on. >> don't forget, it has been 13 hyundais since hair arery reid even passed a budget out of the united states senate. we don't even know what the united states senators stand for in terms of the budget debate. the same thing on taxes. the house actually passed a lot of people don't know that earlier this year the house passed a bill to extend all of the bush
poll shows americans blame republicans more than democrats or president obama for the fiscal crisis. 27% cited the gop is responsible. 16% blaming the president, 6% pointing to the democrats while 31% said they would blame all of the above for going over the cliff. alistair newton, you've seen the attitudes of the american people. i guess we're going over the cliff. >> i guess we are. got that one wrong, didn't i? >> so you expected -- a lot of people expected a resolution. does it matter that we're actually going to go over it? >> so far, markets are taking it surprisingly calmly, haven't they? we've seen a bit of volatility yesterday. but the thought that obama is going to get people in a room today, you saw u.s. equities recovering a bit before close yesterday. it's going to be pretty interesting the next few days. i don't rule out total ly washington coming to its senses, but i have to say at the moment that the odds look rather against it. but there is still another option which people are not considering at the moment, and that is that we get a deal before the 12th congress wraps
. they and president obama still hope a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" can be reached. but democrats and republicans are stil at odds over tax hikes on the wealthy. a woman makes a 9-1-1 for call for help that ends in a deadly confrontation between an armed man and walnut creek police. the officer involved shooting took place on the 1400 block of creekside drive just after 3am thursday morning.no officers were injured. the man who was shot by officers died at the scene. he has been identified as 22-year-old anthony banta jr. the incident has rattled residents in the area. >> i have been here for three years. i thought that walnut creek was one of the safest places to be. i thought that could could have never happened. >> unbelievable. >> scary. >> right on the road from where i live. >> just a couple of doors down. >> if it could happen anywhere. >> everybody is shaken up and a state of shock they thought that it could not happen here. >> i walked out and saw the police tape and i thought it was a joke. my wife commented and i could not believe it. >> grant: the contra costa county d.a.'s office is
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